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Benefits of Fire Cider

February 13, 2017 / Food, Wellness




Fire cider is an herbal tonic that has numerous benefits and uses. It was developed by Rosemary Gladstar in the 1980’s and is a cherished recipe to help fight off our seasonal illnesses. This spicy tonic was originally made to combat the cold and flu viruses but now is used in all sorts of ways. When taken internally it will boost your immune system, help maintain good digestion, fight candida, boosts your metabolism, increase circulation and can give the body a warming sensation. It can also be used on sore muscles! Each ingredient brings it’s own unique benefit to this tonic and in turn gives all those benefits right back to you!

You can easily make your own fire cider at home. But if you feel a cold or flu coming on and you don’t have time to make your own fire cider, I highly recommend this brand of fire cider available on Amazon.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is the main ingredient in fire cider that turns those fruits, vegetables and spices into drinkable material. When bottled with the mother (slimy brown stuff at the bottom if the bottle) it contains healthy gut bacteria that aids in digestion. It helps regulate blood sugar; which can be beneficial to people with diabetes. It also boosts your metabolism and aids in weight-loss by triggering enzymes to break down body fat.

Horseradish:

High in vitamins and minerals this powerful root vegetable can aid in digestion, boost your immune system, and has high levels glucosinolates that have been shown to prevent cancer. Plus it is spicy so it will open up those sinuses when you’re not feeling so hot.

Garlic:

A favorite at Wellness Sidekick. This papery bulb will pack a punch because it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals. It also will boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels. It’s a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier of heavy metals! Bonus it is also antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-fungal so take that diseases!!! It may even help with hair-loss……

Turmeric:

Not only is it a cool orange color that will stain your hands but this root is all about being anti inflammatory. It has anticoagulant properties, been shown to help with depression, aid digestion, help with pain relief, helps regulate blood sugar and is a great antioxidant.

Ginger:

Is great when you’re not feeling great. It helps with nausea, reduces muscle pain and soreness. It aids in digestion, is an anti inflammatory, lowers blood sugars, helps with menstrual pain and can improve brain function. This root can also help fight infections.

Chili Peppers:

Loaded with vitamin C, boosts your metabolism, helps with indigestion, has anti-inflammatory properties (which seems weird considering they make you feel like you’re on fire), and they can help lower blood pressure. They also can open up your sinuses when you feel congested.

Citrus:

Contains all different kinds of antioxidants and like the peppers are loaded with vitamin C. They are also rich in flavonoids which are good for your heart and can help boost weight-loss.

 

When we combine all of these ingredients into one super tonic you can see all the benefits you’ll be getting by adding 1 tablespoon of fire cider to your daily regiment. If you’re not into taking it straight there are plenty of ways to incorporate it without taking it like a shot of medicine. (or vodka…..no one is partying here….well maybe with fire cider….)

You can add it to your tea with a little bit of honey, in lemonade or ice tea. You can also make it into dressing. We even add it to a glass of water and sip on it throughout the morning with breakfast. Sprinkle it over salad greens or cooked vegetables. You can have it cold or hot either way you won’t ruin it’s benefits!

Some bonus things you can add when you make fire cider!

Astragalus root

Beet root powder

Burdock root

Calendula flowers

Chili peppers (Any)

Chili powder

Cilantro

Coriander seed

Grapefruit

Lime

Oregano

Parsley

Peppercorns

Rosehips

Rosemary

Sage leaf

Schizandra Berries

Star Anise

Thyme leaf